MA IN Theological studies
Learn to articulate systeMATIC Theology
For Christian writers, teachers, or pastors who desire to deepen their theological and scriptural knowledge.
Western Theological Seminary’s Master of Arts in Theological Studies is designed to provide resources for you to be formed throughout Christian leadership and service as you deepen your theological knowledge.
Years to Finish
In person or Online
What can I do with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies?
Teach in a church or Christian school
Work in Christian publishing or as a writer
Satisfy your desire for a depth of theological knowledge and understanding
Graduating students will have deepened and broadened their biblical and theological knowledge and will be able to analyze questions and topics in field of theological studies using that knowledge.
Half of the 42 credits needed to earn this degree are theological elective courses that will help you articulate convictions through scripture and practice.
These are the core requirements that can be taken in any order.
- Old Testament Foundations
- Foundations of the Christian Life
- Church History 1 and 2
- New Testament Foundations
- Systematic Theology 1 and 2
- Christian Life and Ethics
- Christian Life and Mission
- MA Capstone
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Customize your degree by choosing four electives: two from the theology field and two from any field.
ACADEMIC OR PROFESSIONAL TRACK
Students can select an Academic or Professional track.
In the Academic track, students will take elective courses that lead to writing a thesis in the Master of Arts Capstone course.
In the Professional track, students will substitute two semesters of mentored internship (1.5 credits each semester) for one 3-credit elective course. Students will then complete a ministry project in the Master of Arts Capstone course.
WTS welcomes transfer students and transferred coursework up to 27 credits may be completed at another ATS accredited seminary.
Are you an In-Person Learner?
Courses are completed at our Holland, MI campus. Students who take courses primarly in person tend to:
Prefer the physical environment of the classroom
Enjoy regular face-to-face interaction with professors and peers
Need a consistent class schedule and structured learning formats
Be committed to completing the degree in 2 years
Already live in West Michigan or are interested in moving to West Michigan
Plan to work part-time or less
Are you an Online Learner?
Online Learning is available to students in West Michigan and around the world. As an Online Learning student, you would typically:
Be a self-motivated, independent learner.
Wants the flexibility of organizing your own learning schedule.
Need maximum flexibility to fit school around your other commitments
Desire to stretch your degree out over many years
Live more than 150 miles from Holland, MI.
Plan to work full time while in school.
Our application process is all online. Create an account, select your degree program, fill out the required form and wait for an email. Have questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tuition rates vary for different programs and degrees. At WTS, we understand that finances can be a major concern for prospective students. That’s why we offer a variety of scholarships and loan options.
2023–2024 Academic Calendar
Fall Semester (starts late August)
Application fee waived for Fall semester MDiv and MA applications!
Deadline for international students
To ensure housing and best financial aid opportunities
Final application deadline for fall start
spring Semester (starts Early January)